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The Golden Door Award has been an IINE tradition for more than 50 years. The honoree is an immigrant to the United States who has made outstanding contributions to American society. 

The International Institute of New England is presenting this year’s Golden Door Award to Dr. Reshma Kewalramani. It is fitting that in the middle of a global pandemic we are honoring a scientist and global leader of a company devoted to helping patients fighting rare diseases.

It is an occasion that calls us to stand together in celebration of the achievements of new Americans who have played an integral role in our community, economy, and society.

The award takes its name from Emma Lazarus’s words, which are inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty: “From her beacon hand glows world-wide welcome… I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”


Stéphane Bancel

CEO, Moderna

Friday June 3, 2022
Boston Park Plaza Ballroom

Our Mission

The International Institute of New England (IINE) creates opportunities for refugees and immigrants to succeed through resettlement, education, career advancement and pathways to citizenship.

Our History

Founded in 1918 in Lowell, Massachusetts as a community effort to welcome new Americans immigrating to the area, IINE today serves more than 3,000 refugees and immigrants annually, with programs in Boston, Lowell, and Manchester, NH.

Our Programs

Refugee Resettlement

IINE helps newly arrived refugees, special immigrant visa holders, and humanitarian evacuees during their first few months in the United States as they transition from insecurity to a supportive, healthy new beginning. Our team welcomes them at the airport, helps them to find a home and a job, registers children for school, enrolls families in health plans, and helps newcomers navigate a new community.

Family Reunification

IINE addresses one of the continent’s greatest challenges by reuniting unaccompanied children released from detention centers on the southern U.S border with family members or sponsors living in the United States. Based in Boston, this program is one of the largest of its kind in the region.

Immigrant Education and Workforce Preparation

Each year more than 1,500 immigrant adults enroll in our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Skills Training classes, and employment programs. We offer specialized training programs that prepare people for jobs in the healthcare and construction industries.

Immigration Legal Services

For people seeking work authorization, permanent resident status, citizenship, humanitarian parole for loved ones, family reunification, and much more, we provide trustworthy and affordable legal services.

The 2022 Golden Door Award Honoree

Stéphane Bancel

CEO, Moderna

Stéphane Bancel has served as Moderna’s Chief Executive Officer since October 2011, and as a member of Moderna’s Board of Directors since March 2011. Mr. Bancel has led Moderna’s incredible growth and overseen the development of the Covid-19 vaccine that has saved millions of lives around the world. Before joining Moderna, Mr. Bancel served for five years as Chief Executive Officer of the French diagnostics company bioMérieux SA. From July 2000 to March 2006, he served in various roles at Eli Lilly and Company, including as Managing Director, Belgium, and as Executive Director, Global Manufacturing Strategy and Supply Chain. Prior to Lilly, Mr. Bancel served as Asia-Pacific Sales and Marketing Director for bioMérieux. Mr. Bancel currently serves on the board of directors of Indigo. He is also a Venture Partner at Flagship Pioneering. Born in Marseille, France, Mr. Bancel holds a Master of Engineering degree from École Centrale Paris (ECP), a Master of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Host Committee

Noubar Afeyan, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Flagship Pioneering and Chairman, Moderna
Udit Batra, Ph.D., President & CEO, Waters Corporation

Stephen Berenson, Managing Partner, Flagship Pioneering and Board Member, Moderna
Stuart Cable, Partner & Vice Chairman, Goodwin, and Global Chair, M&A

Marc N. Casper, Chairman, President & CEO, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Marcello Damiani, Chief of Digital and Operational Excellence, Moderna

Oliver Ewald, Event Chair, Managing Partner, Trellis Holdings

Jim Foster, Chairman, President & CEO, Charles River Laboratories

Linda Henry, CEO, Boston Globe Media
Jean Hynes, CEO, Wellington Management

Sandra J. Horning, M.D., Board Member, Moderna and Olema Pharmaceuticals

Reshma Kewalramani, M.D., CEO & President, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Adam Koppel, M.D., Ph.D., Managing Director, Bain Capital Life Sciences

Robert Langer, Ph.D., David H. Koch Institute Professor & Chemical Engineer, MIT, and Academic Co- Founder, Moderna

Mark Levin, Partner & Co-Founder, Third Rock Ventures
Stuart Levinson, CEO & Co-Founder, OpenCompany

Margaret Low, Chief Executive Officer, WBUR

Joel S. Marcus, Executive Chairman & Founder, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. / Alexandria Venture Investments

John Maraganore, Ph.D., Former & Founding CEO, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Theo Melas-Kyriazi, Executive Partner, Flagship Pioneering

Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D., Executive Vice President for Strategy, ModeX Therapeutics, and Board of Directors, Moderna

Francois Nader, M.D., Chair, Talaris and Benevolent AI, and Board Director, Moderna and Ring
Andrew Plump, M.D., Ph.D., President, Research and Development, Takeda
Paul Sagan, Senior Advisor, General Catalyst, and Board Member, Moderna and VMware
Otello Stampacchia, Ph.D., Founder, Omega Funds

Elizabeth Tallett, Director, Moderna and Chair of the Board, Anthem

Michel Vounatsos, CEO, Biogen
Elias Zerhouni, M.D., Former Director, National Institutes for Health (NIH), Co-Founder, ModeXTherapeutics

IINE Board of Directors

Avak Kahvejian, PhD, (Board Chair)
Christina Bai
Sam Épée-Bounya
Tuan Ha-Ngoc
Belinda Juran
William Krause
Shari Loessberg
Bopha Malone
Theo Melas-Kyriazi
Frederick Millham, M.D.
Nia Tatsis, Ph.D.
Deborah Shufrin
Jeff Thielman (President and CEO)

Past Golden Door Award Honorees

1970 – M. Pei
1971 – Arthur Fiedler
1972 – Anthony Athanas
1973 – Stephen P. Mugar
1974 – Gisela Wyzanski
1976 – Jean Mayer
1977 – Charles Maliotis
1978 – Humberto Sousa Cardinal Medeiros
1979 – Joseph Pellegrino
1980 – Laszlo J. Bonis
1981 – Gerhard Neumann
1982 – An Wang
1983 – John D. Constable
1985 – Jill Ker Conway

1986 – Thomas J. Flatley
1987 – Arthur Loeb
1988 – Yo-Yo Ma
1989 – Bernard Lown
1992 – Farouk El-Baz
1994 – Charles L. Schepens
1996 – George N. Hatsopoulos
1998 – Lelio “Les” Marino
1999 – Henri A. Termeer
2001 – Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande
2002 – Orit Gadiesh
2004 – Gabriel Schmergel
2004 – Alex d’Arbeloff

2005 – Victor Dzau
2006 – Kenan E. Sahin
2007 – Benjamin Zander
2008 – Mike Lowell
2011 – Deborah Dunsire
2013 – The Honorable Margaret Marshall
2014 – Omid Farokhzad
2016 – Claudio Del Vecchio
2017 – Noubar Afeyan
2018 – L. Rafael Reif
2019 – Joseph Aoun
2021 – Reshma Kewalramani, M.D.
2022 – Stéphane Bancel

Golden Legacy Sponsor

flagship pioneer

Benefactor Sponsors

Champion Sponsors

Advocate Sponsors

Partner Sponsors

Promoter Sponsors

Ally Sponsors

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Bob & Denise DiCenso
Christina Bai & Shaw Chen
Deborah Dunsire & Michael Hall
Eastern Bank
Ernest Mudarri Haddad
George & Stefania Mallett
Helios Cardio
John and Christine Maraganore
Mark and Morag Bamforth
Rick & Gitte Shea
Wayne Chen, IINE Leadership Council Member
Annmarie Sasdi
Stephen Berenson and Louise Barzilay
Belinda Juran & Evan Schapiro
Avak Kahvejian and Christine Markarian Kahvejian
AE Events
MKS Instruments, Inc.
Ropes & Gray LLP
McKinsey & Company

Friend Sponsors

Drs. Charlotte McKee & Mark Proctor

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

Jessica & Naiff Bethoney

Margaret Gadon & John Riley

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Uma Kaundinya and Ganesh Kaundinya

Ann Merrifield and Wayne Davis

Northern Trust

Bruce Leicher and Ellen Sachs Leicher

Ally Sponsors

Bopha and Thomas Malone

Enterprise Bank

HR Knowledge

Michael Douvadjian

Kimya and Mike Harris

Fife Family Foundation

Irena Melnikova and Paul Gardner

Rosamond W. Allen Charitable Fund

Michael Rosenblatt, M.D. and Patricia Rosenblatt